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Why Are Donor Eggs Almost Taboo?

Sperm donation is socially acceptable but donor eggs still provoke a wave of unease about blood relations and motherhood.

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Out Of The Woods

After decades of semi-secrecy, a commune for LGBTQ nonconformists has slowly begun to join the mainstream.

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The Man Who Found The Titanic Is Not Done Yet

Thirty years ago, Bob Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic. He could have stopped there. Yet today, at seventy-three, he remains the world’s most vigorous ocean explorer.

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Can We Reverse The Aging Process By Putting Young Blood Into Older People?

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans.

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Can We Ever Design The Ideal City?

It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies — but no one can design the perfect human community.

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Imagine Going To Prison For A Crime You Didn't Commit. Now Imagine It's For Murdering Your Child

Meet the lawyers fighting to close the innocence gap.

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Living Without A Sense Of Smell

Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavors — it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people.

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My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers

Our discussion was considered so dangerous that we — two reporters and a social worker — were placed on the top floor of the prison maximum security wing, which guards told us had formerly held terrorists, serial murderers, gang leaders and child rapists. Meanwhile, police stripped my home of every file, every piece of paper I had, and 400 books.

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Great Leaps Forward In Ice Cream History

​It’s one of the most complex food products you’ll ever consume: a thermodynamic miracle that contains all three states of matter — solid, liquid, and gas — at the same time. And yet no birthday party, beach trip, or Fourth of July celebration is complete without a scoop or two.

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John Hughes' Original National Lampoon Vacation Story That Started The Movie Franchise

In 1979, National Lampoon magazine published the future director’s fictitious tale of a family trip gone horribly awry. The Hollywood Reporter reprints the tale that launched an iconic movie series.

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Death At The Elvis Museum

A month before Ferguson erupted, an old white man in Mississippi, famous for his shrine to the King, shot and killed a young black man. Police cleared him. Two days later he was dead.

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Jennifer Pan's Revenge

The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead.

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The World's Most Charismatic Mathematician

John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career — until he realized that it could lead to extraordinary discoveries.

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How Champion-Pony Clones Have Transformed The Game Of Polo

Perhaps the greatest polo player ever, Adolfo Cambiaso is planning to compete on a pony that died nearly a decade ago — a clone of his beloved stallion Aiken Cura. With more than 25 replicas of champion horses now in existence, Haley Cohen explores how the science came to polo.

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In A Small Town In Washington State, Pride And Shame Over Atomic Legacy

Richland High School’s controversial mascot honors the community’s role in producing the plutonium dropped on Nagasaki.

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Joe Gould's Teeth

The long-lost story of the longest book ever written.

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'These People Need To Know What We Have Gone Through'

The victims of crime who go to prisons to confront criminals, and why they do it.

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Meet The Man Who Flies Around The World For Free

Last year, a young man walked into the Seattle airport and took the next flight to anywhere — and he hasn’t come down since.

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How Lynn Tilton Went From Company Savior To SEC Target

The founder of Patriarch Partners says she protects American families from ruin. The SEC says she defrauded investors.

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How Skateboarding And Hip Hop Took Over The World Together

Today, it may seem natural that there’s no divide between the two entities, like it’s been that way forever. But it wasn’t long ago that the fairly nubile movements were finding themselves. Quickly, the rebel cultures became rebel yells, confronting one another and finding solace in similar principals. The two seemingly different cultures were not so different at all, but it all started with the necessity for a soundtrack.

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